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The Master Musicians: Mozart$
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Julian Rushton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182644.001.0001

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Salzburg and Munich 1779–1781

Salzburg and Munich 1779–1781

(p.78) Chapter 9 Salzburg and Munich 1779–1781
The Master Musicians: Mozart

Julian Rushton

Oxford University Press

Cursing the people of Salzburg even in his last letter from Munich in January 1779, Mozart set off for home. He was offered free travel in the coaches of various dignitaries, whose schedules he had to follow. In Salzburg, he found the petition for him to succeed Adlgasser, written by Leopold and awaiting his signature. His appointment was approved in February, with the condition that he compose more music than his predecessor. Composition, a possible means of escape, was also balm to his bruised feelings. During this period he produced his finest works to date in every field he cultivated, not least church music. By March 1779, he had completed the Mass in C, still one of his best-known sacred works, followed a year later by the Missa solemnis in C, his last complete setting of the Ordinary. In each of these years Mozart also supplied the cathedral with full Vesper settings, in duration equivalent to a Mass, and he continued to produce “Epistle sonatas”.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composition, Mass in C, church music, Missa solemnis

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